Throughout America’s history as a nation of immigrants, there have been xenophobes and nativists expressing fear and anger about the nation’s changing face. But changing times and rough economies bring out the worst in people, from calls for mass deportation to comments from politicians who think immigrants are less than human. Watch out, it can get ugly.
by Support on 08/25/2011
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In an article titled, “Immigration Overhaul Advocates Make Big August Push,” Holly Yeager of the Washington Post writes: “An unusual alliance of advocates — including Internet moguls and evangelicals, representatives of big business and labor unions — is working across the country during the August congressional recess in an all-out push for immigration reform. The […]
The Senate’s leading anti-immigrant voice, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), predicted to the New York Times in June, “The longer it lays in the sun, the more it smells, as they say about the mackerel.” Sessions’ pungent quote was in reference to the immigration legislation which at that point was pending in the Senate, prior to its overwhelming bi-partisan passage by the […]
Boehner Calls Reform “More Difficult” in Light of Extremist Comments, When They Should Make Passing Reform More Imperative As anti-immigrant extremist Rep. Steve King (R-IA) continues his media tour to defend his infamous comparison of DREAMers to drug smugglers, he has company – another high-profile Republican has joined Rep. King in comparing immigrants to animals. […]
This week, longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly issued a call for the Republican Party to abandon immigration reform and Hispanic outreach in favor of a strategy focused on white voters. Talking Points Memo reports: “Phyllis Schlafly of the ‘pro-family’ group Eagle Forum called the GOP’s need to reach out to Hispanic voters a ‘great myth’ during a conservative radio program […]
There has been a persistent myth in the immigration debate that the anti-reform side is large, powerful, and organized. However, the 2013 immigration debate is revealing that assessment is profoundly untrue. According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: The Senate Judiciary Committee markup confirms what we already knew – this year’s reform debate is […]
Yesterday, speaking with New Orleans radio talk show host Garland Robinette, Mark Krikorian, head of the anti-immigrant think tank Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and the intellectual author of the “self-deportation” strategy, offered a fresh reminder why Latino voters have rejected candidates and parties who listen to him. According to a transcript and recording of […]
In response to inquiries regarding how the continued events in Boston may affect immigration reform, Frank Sharry, the Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, issued the following statement: Our hearts go out to the people of Boston. They have been attacked, they are under lockdown and our thoughts and prayers are with them. The […]
Appearing on Sean Hannity’s radio show earlier this week, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) stated: I think the reason that President Obama is insisting on a path to citizenship is that it is designed to be a poison pill to scuttle the whole bill, so he can have a political issue in 2014 and 2016. I […]
Goodlatte & House GOP’s Effort to Deny Citizenship for Undocumented = Un-American, Unpopular, & Tone-Deaf to Political Imperative Yesterday was a good day for immigration reform prospects, as the AFL/CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a set of shared principles that generated praise and optimism from observers ranging from White House press secretary Jay Carney to House […]
Curtain Rises on Immigration in 113th Congress as House Judiciary Committee Holds Tuesday Hearing In recent years, the anti-immigrant wing of the Republican Party has driven the GOP’s immigration rhetoric and policies in a hard-line, inhumane, illogical, and tone-deaf direction. After Mitt Romney “self-deported himself from the White House – in the words of Republican […]
Tomorrow, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) travels to Sioux City, Iowa to speak at a fundraiser for Rep. Steve King (R). This is Governor Christie’s first mistake of the 2016 campaign. Instead of taking a page from Jeb Bush’s upcoming book, he’s following the Romney strategy: double down on extremism early on, and box yourself in for the general election.